Treating Vascular Dementia in Central California
Vascular dementia is a neurological condition in which cognitive abilities, such as memory, thinking, and reason, gradually decline. This is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. As the second-most common form of dementia, vascular dementia can create small, often undetectable, strokes over a long period of time.
To meet with a specialist who can diagnose symptoms of vascular dementia in Central California, Find a Doctor who practices at a location near you. You can also find great care at these Dignity Health Central California hospitals:
Vascular Dementia Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of vascular dementia are often very similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease. Common warning signs include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty finding the right words for common objects
- Trouble driving to familiar locations
As vascular dementia progresses, the symptoms become more pronounced. This may include not being able to take a shower without help or not being able to tell the difference between day and night.
Vascular Dementia Causes
Causes of vascular dementia center around decreased blood flow to the brain. A lack of oxygen-rich blood can occur from a variety of conditions, including:
- Mini strokes over a long period of time (often undetected)
- Strokes from blood clots and other blockages
Risk factors for vascular dementia include;
- Plaque buildup in the arteries
- High blood pressure
Untreated, vascular problems can damage brain cells, leading to impaired brain function. With the help of MRI and CT scans, doctors at Dignity Health Central California can detect visible shrinkage (atrophy) of brain matter caused by repeated instances of damage and death of brain tissue.
Vascular Dementia Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
While doctors can’t bring memory and other brain functions back, treatment for vascular dementia can reduce symptoms and help you or your loved one avoid future problems with blood flow to the brain. Treatment options may include:
- Reducing risk factors for circulatory problems
- Lifestyle changes
- Heart-healthy living
Talk with a Dignity Health Central California provider to learn more about prevention and treatment.
Dignity Health Central California offers personal care for vascular conditions like vascular dementia in Bakersfield, and Stockton, CA.